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Feds to revamp anti-terrorism bill

OTTAWA - The federal Liberals say they'll soon fulfil a promise to repeal what they call “problematic elements” of security legislation ushered in by the previous Conservative government.

They plan to introduce legislation to revamp the Conservative anti-terrorism bill known as C-51.

The bill gave the Canadian Security Intelligence Service explicit powers to disrupt terrorist threats, instead of just gathering information about them.

It also created a new offence of promoting the commission of terrorist offences, and broadened the government’s no-fly list powers.

The Liberals have faced persistent pressure from the N-D-P and civil libertarians to move quickly on the changes, but the government opted to consult widely and take its time.


Tens of thousands of people took part in the national security consultation.

Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale says the larger challenge is figuring out what else to include in the package of national security reforms.

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